WEST BURLINGTON - The top-ranked Kirkwood men's basketball team defeated Illinois Central, 87-68, in the season opener Friday night to give Tim Sandquist his first victory as head coach at the SCC Classic in West Burlington.
Devonte Thedford led the Eagles with 17 points and five assists for the defending NJCAA Division II national champions. Seybian Sims and Jamal Stevenson netted 12 points apiece for Kirkwood. Newcomer DJ Purnell contributed 10 points and eight rebounds.
Fred Cottrell led Illinois Central with 16 points.